One of the easiest and most versatile nail art designs is the ombré nail. Though it’s not a new trend, it's one that has stuck around and withstood the test of time. With an unlimited combination of colors and tons of different styles, this gorgeous gradient look is always sure to impress. We talked to Sarah Bland, beauty ambassador at Smith & Cult, for her best tips and tricks on how to get this coveted look from the comfort of your couch.
If you’re not a nail art aficionado, fear not. We love this look because it only requires a few tools we already have in our makeup bag. “The easiest way to create an ombré look at home is to use an eye shadow applicator or a disposable makeup sponge that you can tear in half,” says Bland. Done deal. Want to learn some more tricks and garner killer nail inspiration? Keep scrolling.
Do as Betina does with this look and combine the ombré trend with a minimalistic pink marble effect. Then, finish it off with a chic bronze border. Use a small detailing brush to get the bronze outline and don't forget a top-coat to ensure a glossy finish.
If you’re looking to set yourself apart from the pack, try a horizontal ombré rather than the standard vertical variation. It’s just as easy to execute—just switch up the direction. What's more, you can skip a different polish shade and opt for glitter for the same effect—as is the case here.
Animal Print Ombré
Feeling feisty? The leopard print over the gold chrome as seen here is a match made in mani heaven.
Purple Crystal Ombré
These purple ombré digits remind us of a pretty, sparkly amethyst. Best part? It transforms color depending on where the light hits it.
Create a unique look by playing with different fade patterns. We don't know about you, but we can't stop staring at this pretty mix of ocean-inspired greens.
A blend of vivid water-colors decorates this artfully designed manicure. While ombre usually fades off to a lighter color, we love how they mix it up with some of the darker colors swirling toward the bottom.
Glitter may be the toughest to remove from nails, but it's actually very forgiving when used in an ombré look. Concentrate the glitter at the tips of nails for a trickle-down effect that sparkles.
Purple to Nude Ombré
We love how the shiny pearlescent purple tapers off into a classic, sophisticated nude. Who says you can't have it all? Don't forget to seal it in with a long-lasting topcoat.
These easy-to-recreate metallic gold nails are nothing short of stunning. Most notably, unlike many other ombré manicures, they require just one polish shade and a topcoat to create. Starting with clean nails, lightly paint gold polish from your tips toward your cuticles, stopping before reaching them. Let the sheer color dry and finish with topcoat for a simple-yet-rich, sun-kissed design.
These ombré nails are perfect for the warmer weather seasons. Don them at your next summer soiree and partygoers will go—wait for it—bananas for them.
Mercury Retrograde Ombré
Betina is usually known for her minimalistic and eyecatching designs, but we happen to love this mix of different all-over pinky hues. It's a modern update on the popular galaxy-inspired look!
If you can't quite get the hang of the sponging technique, consider opting for the modern take on ombré nails: a different color on each nail. By choosing a series of shades within the same or complementary color families, you'll be able to rock the ombré look without major DIY skills.
Want a view from the clouds without air travel? This ombré mani offers a picture-perfect look—almost like a gloomy cloudy day, in the best way possible. Plus, the sparkle effect is a cheeky, cute touch.
Ombré Lilac Lengths
The wonderful thing about the ombré nail art trend is that it can be worn on all nail lengths. That said, there's no denying that it looks especially gorgeous on longer nails. Just look at this lilac manicure. The nude-to-glitter purple fade is stunning.
This nude manicure is a subtle take on ombré lengths. If you're new to the trend, go for a subtle color like this.
Accent Glitter Ombré
Glitter may fade, as seen here, but a stunning accent nail captures our hearts forever. Ombre designs don't have to go all-out and can instead be a subtle gradient. This one just happens to be glitter based.
Yet another example of the modern ombré, these pink ombre nails are a favorite on the 'gram. We're full-time swooning over these.
Considering how many options there are nowadays, we gotta say, we're still a sucker for a stunning sunset-inspired ombre pallet. It just works every time. It's almost a great as a spontaneous vacation, you know?
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